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Highlights! Renato Moicano slices through Brad Riddell for early submission | UFC 281

Renato Moicano looked better than ever earlier tonight (Sat., Nov. 12, 2022) at UFC 281 live on ESPN+ from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, when the Brazilian contender stopped lightweight Brad Riddell with a first-round submission (rear-naked choke).

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE-DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to “The Fight Mecca,” Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 12, 2022, featuring two highly-anticipated championship showdowns. In UFC 281’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, will look to settle the score with former kickboxing foe and No. 5-seeded contender, Alex Pereira. In the ESPN+-streamed PPV co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, intends to defend her newly-won title for the first time against former champion and No. 2-ranked contender, Zhang Weili.

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Moicano commanded this fight from start to finish. The lengthy lightweight utilized range and a crisp jab to soften Riddell up. Riddell tried to get inside to land his own offense, but it wasn’t working. After a mid-round scramble to the ground Moicano was able to transition to the back and work for a pretty easy rear-naked choke finish.

Check out the final moments below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:

Moicano, 33, was coming off a decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos back in March so this was key to keep himself afloat in the jam-packed lightweight division. It was a tremendous performance by the former featherweight on the feet and on the ground, as well as a hilarious post-fight interview (shown below).

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